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  1. I have been inspired by Andrew J's Lightning experience building first a Kit and then from scratch. My children learned to sail in the 1960's on Lightning #5138. I would like to create a model of that sailboat. I have built scratch models of 1850's schooners before. But on this project I decided to take some shortcuts and start with the Dumas plans. The fun will be in the changes in rigging and paint to match the 1960's boat. The parts of the boat that won't be visible will not get much attention. Sorry purists. Anyway here is a photo of the real boat. And a photo of progress to date. The only changes so far have been to add some interior ribs. The floorboards and seats will be the focus of the interior. I would love to hear from anyone who can help me find the scale hardware. Also tips on the rigging aand finishes would be most appeciated. Thanks, Woody
  2. I first started the build at least 16 years ago. It was my first attempt at building a wooden model, and I struggled. When I accidentally cut the mast in half, thinking I was trimming down the boom, the model went on the shelf. Seven years ago, I went on line and reordered the plans and instructions for it, in case I decided to try and finish it. Then while on vacation in Maine I discovered Bluejacket, and have now built 3 boats of increasing difficulty, and have also watched a ton of YouTube. Now I feel like I have the skills to repair what I sptarted and finish the boat. I reached out to Dumas and was able to order a replacement mast, their customer service was first rate. I recently stepped down from being involved in a Scout Troop, and now have some extra time to work on this boat. I originally chose the Lightning all those years ago, because when I was in college I worked at a summer camp for a summer on the water front. We had a Lightning I'd sail on my days off. My son latter went to that camp, and so we are going to name the boat after his favorite cabin "BEAR". I haven't figure out yet how I'm going to display it, but I have a few ideas. Here are some pictures of where things stand. First tasks are to fill all the holes and gaps, redo the rub rail around the transom. Re glue loose boards, especially in the cockpit, and get the hull painted. I found the original instructions I thought were lost. As you can see it was so long ago they were typed up, the new nice booklet is underneath them. There are gaps in the joins, and holes near the bow. The foredeck also isn't glued down in spots. More gaps to fix. Although it is hard to see, I could never get the rub rail to match the curve of the transom. I didn't know you could steam or heat wood to bend it back then. I'm going to remove the rub rail and steam a new one and put it in place. I'm not sure how long this build is going to take or how often I'll post, but I enjoy doing these build logs, even if it is for my own satisfaction.
  3. I am building a 1:16 scale model of the Lightning, a 19' centerboard sloop designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1938. Over 15,000 Lightnings have been built. Since around 1960 most Lightnings have been made of fiberglass. I am using the full scale plans to model a "typical" wooden Lightning, not a specific hull number. I didn't plan to do a build log. I thought maybe I would post a few pictures when the model is done. But I decided to start this topic now, halfway through the build, when I saw Andrew J.'s Lightning build log started here last week. I hope to share something here that others find helpful or entertaining. This is my first model boat. I thought the Lightning would be a good subject because I like small sailboats and the hard chined hull looked relatively easy to build. I decided to scratch build after examining the Dumas kit and realizing it's really just a semi-scale model. I have experience building model airplanes and I like scratch building. Still, I wouldn't attempt a new hobby like boat building without any help. So I joined a local group, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, where I met some very accomplished model makers who are advising me. I started building my Lightning about one-and-a-half years ago. The project has sat idle for months at a time, and the work has taken longer than I expected. I've made mistakes -- and some big ones -- every step of the way. But I'm having fun and satisfied with my progress. This is where I'm at now: the hull, centerboard trunk, and framing for the deck and seats is done. Next step is to paint the inside (and outside) of the hull before installing the deck. I will continue this build log, going back and starting at the beginning. As a kind of disclaimer, I don't know how long it will take to finish this model, but I will try to get it done by the end of 2016.
  4. Hello, all. I have been a member here for almost a year now, but this will be my first build log. I normally build model cars, but it's been a good 2 1/2 years since I finished one, although I have started many since then. I thought maybe it was time to just try something completely different. I have always loved working with wood, so I thought I'd take a whack at this. This is my second wooden boat, the first being the Midwest Sakonnet Daysailer. The Lightning has some significance to me, not really personally, as I have never been in one, but I work at the Skaneateles Country Club, where the first Lightning was launched in 1938. My end goal is to have it displayed in the club dining room and replace the tired old Revell 1:96 Cutty Sark that has resided there for many years and has a great many broken pieces and tangled, dusty rigging. My plan is to paint the sides red, the bottom blue, with a white stripe at the water line to mimic the flag in the club's logo. I will leave the deck natural with a satin finish. So far I think this kit is fantastic and I'm surprised it doesn't have more of an online presence. This will be the first build log of it on this site as far as I know. It has pretty standard basswood and balsa framing with mahogany veneer for the hull and deck. The new instructions, revised in 2009, I think, are superb and come with excellent diagrams for every step, much like a Midwest kit. It's made to be sailed, so the rigging is designed to be functional, the drawback being that it is very simple. I hope to find somebody at the club who will provide me with detailed instructions on how to rig a real Lightning, and then I can buy aftermarket blocks and cleats and rope and such. I will also need to make more accurate sails, as the kit comes with pre-made nylon sails that look awful. Any suggestions on material that would suitable in this scale would be much appreciated! If any of you out there have ever built one of these, please feel free to post a picture, and everybody please leave comments and suggestions, as I know I have much to learn from all of you
  5. I'm picking this log back up starting with the rigging stage of this model. The masts and yards are complete, and the hull's deadeyes and etc. are on. My goal with this model is to accurately depict the appearance of a prime example of a clipper ship. My concern is to depict all components scaled correctly and to do all at the best of my ability hoping to show the highest development of the wooden merchant ship. I like speed. I like the example these ships made in the form follows function regard. These ships came about at a period in history when speed was essential. Generally they were driven without mercy as a true racing machine should be. As an old worn out motorcycle racer and builder these clippers really grab me by the guts You see the model after she has had a first attempt at the standing rigging stripped from her. As with most of the build I've had to do everything at least twice. I'll post as time and health permits, hope you enjoy the rigging process. Bruce
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